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Cutting Pad Revival

Hello Everyone,
Today I am sharing with you a tip on how to flatten your cutting pads for your Cuttlebug or Sizzix Machines.  Here in Australia trying to get a hold of crafting supplies can be a drawn out affair.  So I had to find a solution because I wanted to try out my Quilt Die
Image result for quilt die cutbut my Cuttlebug pads have been progressively been getting more warped after many card making adventures. Where do most of us turn when we need information …. yes the internet. I looked at blog posts and YouTube but most of them talked about ‘cooking’ their plates.  I didn’t like the idea of doing that but then I ran across this YouTube video from Lindsay the Frugal Crafter where she bent her plates using just hot water and her hand strength.

I really liked this idea but my hand strength these days is almost next to nothing so I needed to find a solution that would suit me.  I first cleaned both sides of the plate with dish soap and a scourer to remove the embedded paper. And I came up with this for the rest of the flattening process.
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I put my Cuttlebug B plate in the bottom of this glass baking dish and poured boiling water over it. I waited 2 minutes for the plate to warm up and then put the bottom of my mortar and pestle on top.  I left it like this for 15mins but you could leave it until the water cooled. And my plate was nice and flat but I didn’t use it until it was completely cooled. And it worked perfectly and I was able to make this card
07-2018-quilt-christmas.jpgI needed my plates to be working well with all the cutting for this card. But I love how it turned out I will definitely be using this die again. And want to look into more of the cover up dies.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my post I hope that you may have found some useful information here. And as usual I want to leave you with this final thought:
If you’ve kept going because you didn’t have any other choice… Signs You Might Be A Zebra You might be an Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome / EDS Zebra if… you can find the humor through the pain
This picture says it all and more.

Have a Happy Crafty Zebra Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

 

Birthday · card sketch · Greeting Cards

Squared

Hello Everyone,
Yes I am back again. Yesterday was a productive day in my card making space despite the mess surrounding me at the moment. I wanted to keep crafting but was a little stumped as to what to create so I went to my favourite fall back – A Card Sketch!!

This is the sketch that created the most interest for me.
Sketch Saturday #524

I haven’t created a square card in ages and I loved all of the layers that this design had. But this is what I did come up with
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To help me make this card I got out my stitched squares dies and started running the layers through my Cuttlebug. But as I started doing this I ran into a problem – my sandwich recipes weren’t working well. I just got through most of the layers when my machine didn’t want to do anymore 😥 I had to finish the cutting by my trimmer which is what I did on the sponged Barn Door Distress Ink paper.

So I would have to find a solution for my Cuttlebug problem BUT that is another post!

I had fun making this card despite the problem with my machine.  Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. And before you leave I would like to leave you with this last thought:
Live in what is happening around you
Be grateful for where you are – always! Some people don’t even get to be where you are even on your worst day and they would have wanted to be here instead of in Heaven.

Have a Happy Crafty
Grateful Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Birthday · card sketch · Greeting Cards

Cupcake Love

Hello Everyone,
This is the 2nd card that I made using the 2 challenges that I combined together.
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and these are the two challenges that I have based this card on

This time around with CASe this Sketch #282 by Brian I stuck pretty close to the sketch. My circle elements are a little off the page but it’s how I was able to fit it due to it’s size.
For the Color Throwdown #503 combination I went leftover drawer diving to see if I could find some papers that would work together – I found these and the plain grey card stock which I thought worked well together. It is so nice to be using up stuff from my stash. The cupcake image and the sentiment are actually stickers from the same set.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project today. And before you go I would love to leave you with this final thought:
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I have actually found myself saying this lately.  Sometimes it is just easier not having to explain why I’m not feeling well again!! I don’t feel well most of the time I am just getting really good at living with it. Sorry to end on such a downer but this is the reality for many people… I definitely don’t look at people the same way any more.

Have a Happy Crafty
Cupcake Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

card sketch · Christmas Time · Greeting Cards

Christmas From My Stash

Hello Everyone,
It is so good to be back crafting again. My shoulder isn’t 100% better but I am able to do some stuff again. So this is better than nothing. Today I am going to be sharing with you  2 cards made for the same challenges.
07-2018-christmas-wishes.jpg And here are the 2 challenges that my card is based on

My aim with this card was to make use of my stash – everything including the image comes from my stash of supplies.
The Color Throwdown #503 challenge gave me a chance to make another Christmas card for my long list of recipients – I need to make more I’m so behind this year!
And I loved the CASe this Sketch #282 by Brian but as you can see I didn’t flip the sketch I stretched it 😀
I am unsure which Digi company my image comes from but it has been sitting in my pile of already coloured images for ages just waiting for the right card to come along. I had already made her into a square I hope that this small change is OK for the sketch challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today and having a look at my blog and project. I want to leave you with this final thought:

This is something that I have implemented into my life. I want to remember the positive things that I have experienced during the day and be grateful for the day that I was given by God.

Have a Happy Crafty
Grateful Kind of Day,
❤ TracyB

 

Life · travel

Jumpers And Jazz 2018

Hello Everyone,
I am sharing with you today my travels with my Ipswich Spinners and Weavers Group to the Warwick Jumpers and Jazz Festival.  This festival is held at the end of July each year and a feature of course is the Jumpers …. but it’s not quite what you are thinking!!

The “Jumpers” are worn by Trees, Lamp Posts, Street Signs, Statues …. basically anything that would stand still. Well actually most of the people were wearing them as well because the morning did start off cool but warmed up despite it only being the end of July in Australia.

My husband came with me for the bus trip and we plan on coming back to Warwick when there isn’t a festival going on.  We love visiting historical towns and seeing their architecture.  Plus places out the West of Queensland need our tourist dollars – they are struggling so much because of the drought that doesn’t look to be ending any time soon.

And here is my favourite yarn installation of the day
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Now here are the rest of the photos from the lovely day we had

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It was a great day out with friends and my Husband.  I want to thank you for stopping by my blog today I’m glad that you stopped by.  So if ever you are thinking of traveling in the near future can I encourage you to consider travelling in your own state or country.  I will guarentee that you will find some interesting people and places along the way.

Have a Happy Crafty
Travelling Kind of Day,
❤ TracyB

Life

Everything halted ….

 

Sometimes you just have to bow your head. . . love it   #ENCOURAGEMENT   ~XOXHello Everyone,
This is going to be a quick post because I shouldn’t even be doing this under Physio orders. So shh … no telling this will be just between us OK!  As the title says Everything halted as of yesterday afternoon … I was out for a driving lesson with my Daughter and I hurt my shoulder.  I reached for something in the back seat while we were stopped and my shoulder gave out!!

I went to my Physio and he worked on my shoulder and told me that
I’m not allowed to do the following:
Drive or supervise lessons (means I can’t get our Son to school)
or lift anything heavy for the next 24 to 48 hours
or anything that will require a lot of muscle movement of my right shoulder.

The driving isn’t a problem because my Hubby can do the school run both Morning and Afternoon.  The lifting is a problem with trying to get my craft area cleaned and organized (see this post) but when my Physio mentioned the last one I laughed at him.  I am right side dominate – it’s also the side that I hurt the most – so how can I stop using it.  So I hope to not be out of action too long because I want to get back both into my craft zone and onto here as well.

Have a Happy Crafty

Sore Free Kind of Crafty Day,

❤ Tracy

Greeting Cards · Weaving · Wedding/Anniversary · Yarn

Anniversary Rose

Hello Everyone,
This time I am back with a card project plus a bonus project.  I so wanted to get into my new card making space and see how the set up was to use. So that I wouldn’t have a total mind blank while crafting I decided to follow along with one of my favourite card challenge blogs. Color Throwdown had just put up their newest colour combo #501 and I thought that I had an image that would suit perfectly for a quick and easy card so I sat down and made this card with this combo.
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Aren’t the colours for the combo wonderful. I thought that they were so peaceful and would suit being used for an Anniversary card. So I pulled out a favourite stamp set of mine “Darkroom Doors Full Bloom Vol.1” and used the rose image and stamped this onto Kraft cardstock and coloured with my pencils.  Then I cut this image out with a die from my stash and mounted it onto some grey cardstock.

The papers are by Kaisercraft from my stash so is the yellow glitter cardstock which I thought helped to tie the image a bit more into the card. I was really happy with how the card turned out and my card area does work but there is a couple of problems which I hope to sort out soon.

07 2018 Giraffe.jpgI thought that I would share with you a bonus project that I did.  This is a card that I made for a dear friend at our church who just had his birthday. The photo doesn’t do the card justice – the yellow border is stamped with a subtle but striking pattern. On the giraffe panel I first used various red, orange, yellow and brown Distress Inks to achieve the sunset type backdrop then I stamped the giraffe, leaves and grasses in black ink and coloured in the giraffe.  The scarf that the card is sitting on top of is made of a very bulky acrylic yarn and woven on my Ashford Ridge Heddle Loom. I told you that I was into different crafts!! This is just another one of them – doing different crafts helps me to do different stuff depending on what my illness will let me do that day.  Today has been walking with my Son and making 2 cards … so all in all a good day.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today. And as usual before you leave I want to leave you with this final thought:
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Any day spent with a little or a lot of crafting in it is a good one. I find it relaxing and it’s like a medicine for my soul.

Have a Happy Wonderful Crafty Kind of Day,

❤ Tracy